Fran Drescher: “Cancer Schmancer”: A Special Night to Remember

Actress Fran Drescher’s on-going celebration to save and prevent people everywhere from dying from cancer through knowledge, awareness, logic, reason and some powerful world summits combined with education, found her at the Vegan restaurant Blossom. The sold-out event was filled with fans, admirers, love, and enlightenment. The warm-hearted actress happily and generously took photographs, signed autographs, hugged, and conversed with everyone in the venue, before she presented an empowering talk about the Cancer Schmancer Movement. 

I’m certain her conversation was life altering for many, (as I personally took her words to heart and visited the health food store today).  However there was one hard-core, life-long fan in the crowd whose life was changed for eternity. 

My media partner, celebrity, concert Photographer, Billy Hess brought his special needs son Billy Jr. who is a life-long admirer of The Nanny, knowing much of the dialogue from each episode. Billy Hess Jr. along with the magic of his child-like innocence, was consumed with joyfullness and exhilaration at meeting his longtime idol.  Fran couldn’t be nicer and kinder to him, something he and his father will keep in their memories forever. 

“The honest loving kindness Fran Drescher (his favorite actor since he was little to now), showed to my son will never be forgotten by him for the rest of his life, and mine”...Billy Hess Sr. 

Special thanks to Susan Holland and Jordan Planit key personnel on Frans team, and Alex Etling for helping to make this possible.  

The actress, comedian, writer and activist is a cancer survivor herself as well as an LGBTQ rights advocate. Her focus on her Cancer Schmancer Movement is to “shift the nations focus from just searching for a cure to prevent an early detection of cancer in order to save lives”. The organization concentrates on Early Detection, Prevention, and Policy Change.

I spoke with Fran Drescher (for the second time), regarding her mission and once again found her to be a complete visionary… While freezing outside in 7-degree weather, and traveling to a meeting, on one of her busiest days, she filled me in on the spirit of Cancer Schmancer….

The very word cancer evokes an uncomfortable fear in the hearts of everyone. How do you get people to listen to you so that you can get your message across?

Well, first of all the name of my organization that I founded, “Cancer Schmancer”, says it all. It says that “cancer is not the boss of me.” So that’s the beginning of it. Then I empower people with knowledge that they might not get at their regular doctor’s office which is the causations of cancer, how to prevent cancer, how to change your lifestyle, how to use your hard earned dollars as an influencer for a more responsible manufacturing trend. How to recognize the early warning sayings so you can go to your doctor with sayings like, “catch it on arrival, 95 percent survival.” We force people to not be an ostrich but to be proactive, we motivate, activate and educate people. Also, we enlighten you to other options. They are out there either as a compliment to traditional Western medicine or in replace of. Knowledge is power so the more you know, the more of an important decision you can make. There are a lot of very successful ways to deal with cancer that does not necessarily always have to involve chemotherapy, or radiation?

I see new pills that you can take for example on television commercials all the time now instead of chemo.

I think that that’s a different approach, what I’m talking about is functional medicine. Functional medicine works to support the immune system to radically get it to do it’s job, because cancer is just the end phase in almost all cases of a long ongoing inflammation, and a compromised immune system. So we have to bolster the immune system so that it can do it's job effectively.

We spoke about 3 years ago, what has the “Cancer-Schmanzer” movement accomplished since then? 

We do an annual Fran Drescher's Master Class Health Summit" in Los Angeles and the one from October 28 is going to be released as a free educational series this spring for everyone around the world to see the most groundbreaking doctors and experts and authors speak on a myriad of health issues. Then you will have the opportunity to buy it as a tax-deductible download. Then on Earth Day, we have a wonderful half hour program starring Jamie Foxx and myself and a bunch of kids. That will be targeting teens to become more informed consumers and to be the change. We want to motivate, educate, activate them to be the change because they are the first generation in US history predicted to not live as long as their parents. We don’t wish to make that a self-fulfilling prophecy. This program which is very viewer friendly and kid friendly, with animation in it,  and it’s very mind blowing in mind expanding information, that I don’t think they really think about because they are a multi-million dollar demographic that are not terribly discerning and easily manipulated in marketing. It’s not serving them well.

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Photos: Billy Hess Photography



Written by Eileen Shapiro

I work with Jimmy Star and am a NY Times best selling author and rock star journalist....currently write for Get Out Mag, PureM, Classic Pop, Huffington Post, and several others....I write pop culture interviews with well established talent and up and coming great talent...look forward to working with you....



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